Here’s our first list: Voter turnout rates by state.
The list below shows voter turnout in the 2008 general election. Shout-out to Michael McDonald, from George Mason University, who tabulated the numbers. For the data-minded, these percentages are the number of people who voted for the highest office on the ticket, divided by the voting-eligible population. Other measures, including a Census Bureau survey, also put Hawaii at the bottom of the list for voter turnout in the United States. We went with this list from McDonald in part because the Census Bureau bases its voter turnout numbers on surveys instead of direct ballot counts.
This list is just the start. We will be doing stories on voter turnout in Hawaii — and creating some social media campaigns — in hopes of bumping this place of luaus and sun off the bottom of the list. Check back on this site to learn how you can help.
And please take a look at the list, which is presented in reverse order, from the state with the lowest voter turnout rate to the highest.
Let us know what you think in the comments. How did your state fare? What do you think accounts for the differences in turnout?
Hawaii - 48.8%
West Virginia - 49.9%
Arkansas - 52.5%
Texas - 54.1%
Oklahoma - 55.8%
oh my god of COURSE Arkansas is in the bottom 3
OF FUCKIN’ COURSE